At The Earth’s Core (1976)

Detail from UK quad poster

After the success of its Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT (1974), Amicus decided to give us another Burroughs fantasy adventure with AT THE EARTH’S CORE (1976).

Starring Doug McClure once again, AT THE EARTH’S CORE also added Peter Cushing and the ever-glamorous Caroline Munro (as a beautiful slave girl) to the cast list.

Peter, Caroline and Doug
Peter, Caroline and Doug

The men-in-suit beasts are pretty shoddy (compared to Roger Dicken’s rod-puppet dinosaurs in THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT) and the score is lacklustre, but the nonstop incident and Caroline Munro make it watchable. Peter Cushing seems to be enjoying himself as the dotty professor (“You can’t mesmerise me, I’m British!”), who gets to shoot a fire-breathing toad-monster with arrows (it explodes!)

My favourite monsters in the movie are the two critters that fight over the dead slave, which look like bipedal versions of the prehistoric mammal Brontotherium (they were referred to as ‘Bos’ in the publicity at the time of the film’s release, as I remember.)

I also like the creature that attacks McClure and a tribesman that seems to be half animal (it has tentacles) and half plant (its mouth looks like a glowing Venus Flytrap).

A beaky monster and giant mushrooms!
A beaky monster and giant mushrooms!
A 'Bos' chews a victim!
A ‘Bos’ monster chews a victim!

Other monsters in this movie include a beaked, parrot-faced dinosaur-like beast, a big quadrupedal creature that Doug McClure fights in a cave arena, and telepathic pterosaurs called Mahars.

The film also features Sagoths, which are humanoid servants of the Mahars, and the Iron Mole: the drill-nosed burrowing machine that carries McClure and Cushing deep through the Earth’s crust.

Doug fights a monster!
Doug fights a monster!
A flame-breathed beast
A flame-breathing beast
Mahars: the rulers of this subterranean world
Mahars: the rulers of this subterranean world
A piggy-nosed Sagoth
A piggy-nosed Sagoth

Let’s be honest: AT THE EARTH’S CORE is never going to be considered a fantasy classic, but it’s a no-nonsense adventure romp, stretching its small budget as far as it can, filling the screen with its series of colourful sets, purple skies and ludicrous beasties.

Here are a whole bunch of posters for the film…

UK 1 sheet. Art by Tom Chantrell
UK 1 sheet. Art by Tom Chantrell
US half sheet poster
US half sheet poster
Australian daybill poster
Australian daybill poster
Italian poster
Turkish poster
Turkish poster
UK quad poster
US 1 sheet
US 1 sheet
Japanese Chirashi mini-poster - front
Japanese Chirashi mini-poster – front
Japanese Chirashi mini-poster - reverse
Japanese Chirashi mini-poster – reverse
US insert poster
US insert poster
Swedish poster
Romanian poster
Romanian poster
German poster
German poster

Here are some pages from an AT THE EARTH’S CORE pressbook…

Pressbook cover
Pressbook cover
Page 3 of pressbook
Page 3 of pressbook
Page 8 of pressbook
Page 8 of pressbook
Page 9 of pressbook
Page 9 of pressbook

Some DVD covers…

UK DVD cover
UK DVD cover
Japanese DVD cover
Japanese DVD cover
German DVD cover
German DVD cover

Lobby cards…

Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card

Home movie box art…

Super 8 colour/sound
Super 8 colour/sound

Finally, here’s a Caroline Munro publicity still for the film…

Caroline as slave girl Dia
Caroline as slave girl Dia

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